Originally written on Red's Army  |  Last updated 4/23/12
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With the Celtics set to face the Hawks in the playoffs    , one big question leading into this series was the availability of Al Horford for the Hawks.  After some initial reports that he was expected back, Horford today told Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports that he's probably out. "I don't feel like it is realistic that I can play for the playoffs," Horford said. "Obviously, if we advance and start going we will see. But as of right now the way I feel I think I am out for the playoffs." That's a huge break for the Celtics.  Horford changes the matchups and makes the Hawks a much more dangerous team.  Instead of Zaza Pachulia starting against KG or Brandon Bass, it would be Horford.  And the Hawks could mix and match the Smith/Horford matchup on either Bass or Garnett.  Then with Pachulia coming off the bench, it would test the rebounding mettle of the second unit, and Greg Stiemsma in particular.  Stiemsma has gotten a lot better, but he's still not the strongest rebounder on...
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